ccmh565 | Graduate

Family, Couple, And Child Counseling

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This course is an overview of models in the intervention and treatment of children, adolescents, and families. Students contrast fundamental assumptions of systems theory with intrapsychic theories, address integrative approaches to assessment and diagnosis in family therapy, and explore systemic approaches for the treatment of issues common to families and children in clinical settings.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Family Systems Models – Psychodynamic, Multigenerational, Adlerian, Human Validation Process, and Symbolic-Experimental Family Therapies

    • Explore theoretical perspectives, assessment approaches, and interventions appropriate to each model.
    • Examine the role of the therapist in each model.

    Family Systems Models – Structural, Strategic, Solution-Focused, and Feminist

    • Explore theoretical perspectives, assessment approaches, and interventions appropriate to each model.
    • Examine the role of the therapist in each model.

    Family Systems Models – Cognitive/Behavioral, Social Constructivist/Postmodern, Narrative, and Psychoeducational

    • Explore theoretical perspectives, assessment approaches, and interventions appropriate to each model.
    • Examine the role of the therapist in each model.

    Development of Psychopathology and Specific Disorders of Children

    • Differentiate normal developmental milestones from pathological conditions.
    • Examine the classification of emotional and behavioral disorders in children and adolescents and the implications for counseling practice and treatment.
    • Examine the concept of identified patient in relation to a systems approach.

    Overview of Family Systems Theory and Practice

    • Synthesize the various theoretical foundations and apply your learning to a specific family.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of families in the context of a multicultural society.
    • Apply legal and ethical issues specific to families and children.
    • Demonstrate research support for family systems interventions.

    Introduction to Family Systems

    • Describe the history and evolution of models of family therapy.
    • Identify characteristics of families and family systems that represent strength and promote resiliency.
    • Describe the process of family therapy and the role of the therapist in creating change.
    • Differentiate intrapsychic approaches from family systems approaches.
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